Originally Posted by Lss
The high-end NEX cameras (and current a6xxx) have a similar form factor as the NEX-5 series. Of course, they are slightly larger to accommodate the integrated EVF.
major difference to mention in this discussion is that these EVFs are fixed!
Originally Posted by Lss
Sony has since released the RX1 cameras that have an optional EVF. I have the RX1R with the EVF, and I use the EVF very little. Often when traveling I even leave it home. While the optional EVF has some advantages, it is also frustratingly inconvenient for many people. This and the added cost at purchase (when bought separately) are the main reasons people don't like them. Some certainly are worried about the EVF being potentially fragile, but it shouldn't be a major concern.
there isn't any camera that is ideal for everyone and every use. I understand why a user will prefer either no VF and LCD only, optical VF, fixed EVF or whatever and for each user or use all else won't be ideal and possibly frustrating.
IMO a fixed lens AF camera well can do without VF, and many do. I just read through a thread at the Ricoh section of dpreview called "GRIII wish list" and surpsingly, even though a main feature of the Ricoh GR, another fixed lens camera, is it's small size and weight, it weighs approximately half your RX1, a majority is asking for an EVF. Some say it better be removable so that one could still enjoy the small size.
An optional VF has the obvious advantage that one can use the camera both with and without it, then offering a smaller form factor. This comes at a cost. Personally I pretty much always use manual lenses and for focusing always use the EVF and won't make use of the potential size advantage. If an integrated EVF means less cost, as long as it stays moveable, I'd prefer it to be integrated.
Mind that your RX1R, successor of the RX1, was announced June 2013. That was the last Sony camera that takes an optional EVF, I believe even the last that offers a moveable EVF and that was before Sony announced it's first A7 and A6000. All these have a fixed EVF! ( NEX6, also with fixed EVF, came a bit earlier ): I stand to my point that Sony seems to have abandoned the design of moveable EVFs and it looks to me that this is not limited to Sony. Many early mirrorless cams, producers being aware that an EVF overcome the design inherent limitation of an OVF of having to be fixed, had moving EVFs, late models hardly. I find that a pity.
What I try to do here is pointing out the advantages of a moveable EVF and, though of course not good for all and every camera, prove that there are users out there who really dig those! I am sure that these advantages, and producers realizing that there is a niche of users out there appreciating them, at some point will give moveable EVFs a resurgence. The design of e.g. Panasonic GX-7 is quite intriguing, unfortunately it offers too little diopter adjustment for me. More intrugiung even the design of Samsung NX30 with it's moveable EVF + hotshoe + integrated flash, but this producer is no more.
Any new camera offering a moveable EVF will be noticed by those who know and appreciate it's advantages. Imo at this point of time it could be a 'niche producers dream', so to say. I would not mind at all if it came from a niche producer like Ricoh
( the focus peaking of it's GXR imo is better than those of my Sonys NEX5N and A7 )